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Pilot Club donates to Sheriff Brown, Project LifeSaver

The Pilot Club of Covington presented Sheriff Ezell Brown with a $700 donation for Project LifeSaver, according to a press release by the Newton County ...

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Signing of Constitution celebrated on Square

The Fourth of July is the day Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, but rarely is the signing of the ...

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Commemoration of 9-11 held at Cousins Middle School

The majority of those sitting in the auditorium at Cousins Middle School on Friday morning weren't alive when planes crashed into the World Trade ...

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hunters discover human remains on property

Human remains were found on Creekside Lane in Covington Thursday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Village will seek new outfitter for kayak rentals

Those expecting to rent a kayak during the Labor Day weekend from Porterdale Yak Club found the business's doors closed.

September 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington council wrap-up: senior living facility SUP approved

A request to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for another nine months for a proposed assisted senior living facility on Eagle Drive was approved ...

September 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Golf carts, vehicles stolen from Fat Boys

Three 2017 F/A Express Shuttle Short Frame Gas Golf Carts, a 2017 Cushman Hauler 800x Gas Golf Cart, an Isuzu flatbed and a Dodge ...

September 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Convenience Center tags available Sept. 15

Tags to hang from the mirrors of vehicles for admission to the county's trash collection convenience centers will be available for sale for Newton ...

September 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

September 06, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Love and strength behind the badges

They don't get to sit around the dinner table every night as a family and eat dinner. They don't get to watch their ...

September 04, 2016 | Taylor Brown | LOCAL


Super Seniors create community in Mansfield

For a little more than a year, between 30 and 50 seniors have been gathering on Tuesdays at the Mansfield Community Center. They are the ...

September 04, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Commissioners to vote on lifting moratorium

Newton County will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Newton County Historic Courthouse at 6 p.m. to vote on the ...

September 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kelly earns master level certification for downtown development

An original supporter of the Georgia Downtown Association Development Professional Certification program, Josephine Kelly, Executive Director of Main Street Porterdale, recently earned master level certification.

September 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Update: Sycamore Street Pizzeria owner arrested following Social Circle shooting

Police have made an arrest following the shooting inside Sycamore Street Pizzeria in Social Circle that occurred early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle ...

September 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

September 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Tim Fleming will not seek reelection

Newton County Commissioner Tim Fleming, who represents the fifth district, announced during Tuesday's board of commissioners meeting that he would not be seeking reelection.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Carpenter finalist for superintendent job

Dennis Carpenter has been named as one of the two finalists for the position of superintendent in Jackson, Miss.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oxford city council to hold work session on sanitation

Oxford City Council planned for a work session to discuss how to handle the city's sanitation service during its regular meeting Monday.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID’d

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

A press release issue by the GBI confirms what Social Circle authorities have already released, that around 11:45 p.m. a motorist on I-20 called 911 to report what they believed was a brush fire near U.S. Highway 278 and I-20. When firefighters began to extingush the blaze they found Stewart's body.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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